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been difficult. >> republican house speaker said it is up to president barack obama and senate democrats to draft a deal. >>> growing pessimism about a deal getting tk-b sent stocks into a tail spin. the dow suffered triple digit losses and the nasdaq took a hit falling 29. california's unemployment rate is below 10% for the first time in almost four years. the latest unemployment rate dropped to 9.8% in november. down from 10.1 in october. jobless rate has not been this low since jan of 2009. some economists predicted california's unemphroeupl rate would remain in double digits through 2013. the fiscal cliff, mixed with lower unemployment and adding the mood with shoppers is leaving experts baffled by the direction of the economy. our consumer editor explains how the coming days could be critical. >>> consumer spending ins just released for november shows spending at a 3-year high. that was last month. last month, business investment in long-lasting machinery jumped more than expected. employment is up in all but five states. but, today's critical consumer confidence numbers a
. tom is off tonight. president obama tells republicans and democrats they have ten days to work out a fiscal cliff deal. and he says it's doable. tonight's market monitor guest is not scared off by cliff worries. he's buying stocks, saying the markets will do well in the new year. he's richard steinberg of steinberg global asset management. and warren buffett, the oracle of omaha has plenty to say on taxes and the fiscal cliff: we talk with his long-time friend and "fortune" magazine journalist carol loomis. that and more tonight on "n.b.r." some straight talk from president obama tonight about the fiscal cliff. speaking to reporters from the white house he said he's ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done, but it's up to republicans and democrats to make it happen. >> nobody gets 100% of what they want. everybody has to give a little. >> susie: the president also proposed a smaller package that prevents taxes for 98% of americans from going up and for unemployment insurance to be extended. he pressed lawmakers to agree on this in the next ten days. darren gersh has de
, but before he left, president obama urged republicans and democrats alike to get it done. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> congress is also in recess until after christmas. in his weekly address, house speaker john boehner accused the president and senate democrats of failing to offer a responsible solution. boehner's own proposal had to be pulled this week after he failed to get enough support from fellow republicans. >>> and the national rifle association promised meaningful contributions to avoid another tragedy like the one in newtown, connecticut. friday, the gun rights group unveiled that plan. nra executive vice president wayne lapierre says the u.s. should put armed guards in all schools. the comments came one week after 20 children and seven adults excludeing the gunman were killed in one of
and his party what are the lessons for president obama and the democrats? i say maybe not so much. here's why. in 2010 the party lost 63 seats in the house, 6 seats in the senate. president obama called it a shellacking. there is reason to think he will do better this time around. president obama is almost guaranteed to do better in the house. hard to do worse than what he did in his first midterm. democrats have this helpful antidote, if they hold on to control of the senate, the president can declare partial victory for that. that was the importance of democrats add two senate seats, sitting at 55. republicans have to win big, winning six senate seats is big. that's what they would have to do to get control in 2014. the gaggle will be back right after the break. the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2012 campaign ad season. they made us laugh, some made us cringe, but which ones made people go out and vote? you're watching a special edition of "the daily rundown." ♪ oh beautiful for spacious skies ♪ ♪ for amber waves of grain ♪ ♪ for purple mountains' majesty above the frui
obama and with the record the senate democrats have, they have been unable to pass the budget in the past three years and i think speaker boehner made a good-faith effort to get the ball rolling but you can't do it when one party is involved. you need both parties to be involved and, unfortunately, president obama's stubbornness is not allowing us to move forward in getting the fiscal cliff deal done. >> rick: speaking of both parties being involved, the president has to wonder who he's negotiating with, john boehner after he was not able to rally the troops? who is he supposed to be talking to? >> look, there is no substitute for him talking with john boehner and it will get a deal done, it will be obama and boehner. there is nobody -- the talk about somehow or another, boehner's speakership being in jeopardy, that is nonsense, no one is coming behind him and senator mcconnell, the republican leader of the senate is up for re-election and as we saw in the senate race in kentucky a few years ago, he may have to worry about a challenge from the right if he supports a tax increa
committee to get the whole thing ironed out. i think kerry re and the senate and obama, because the democrats in the senate are doing his bidding, that is where the real obstacles to getting something done. >> there was a perception created that the vote last night woulincrease taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization. but that impression is out there. the number of our members who st really didn't want to be perceived as having to raise taxes. that was the real issue. gerri: in some ways he was talking about grover norquist. the man it is about this tax pledge where is the common ground there? >> the reason that we have a plan be now is because the houses are devoted to pass all of the bills. gerri: b how do you find common ground there? them and that's what the speaker was trying to do. he was talki about the race there now. as you saw, the president and the house, where we go from here, we need republicans who are seris about cutting the size of government and decide they're going to do something to that ball forward. republicans need to use their leverage in those b
obama talking to the senate. he's talking to the senate democratic leader, harry reed, talking to move forward with some sort of smaller package to avert those tax hikes that are set to kick in. and obviously there's going to need to be some buy-in from the senate minority leader, republican mitch mcconnell. so that's where things stand. and president obama is actually hopeful that something could still be pulled off. listen. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. call me a hopeless optimist. but i actually still think we can get it done. >> reporter: now, of course, if the senate were to pass something and reconvene on december 27th, don, it would also then need to pass the house. but the expectation is that whatever would be worked out in the senate, if it is, would pass the house hopefully not just with republican support, but it would need democratic support, as well. and just to be clear, the thing that president obama and speaker boehner were working towards was a much bigger package,
boehner is encouraging republicans to work with democrats to avoid the fiscal cliff. this comes a day after president obama said he will pursue a less am by shougs budget deal with republicans. there is good news no matter what congress does to address the problem, it is too late for employers to with hold income taxes from paychecks next month. employers are going to with hold the tax for the 2012 rates. >> president obama is restricting the number of inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years. there will be only two official parties right now. there was 10 held the last time around. there will be a concert honoring military families held on saturday before the inauguration. >> before the ina ration christmas. we are three days away. the holiday came a little early for some people. the women's organization has been an outreach to families that have people that are ill or incarcerated. >> thank you for all the people have done. this is overpowering. >> tears of joy as the washington wizards and volunteers delivered bags of gifts to her home. >> my
and republican, but obama won. democrats controlled to search. you have to give them a little bit. we are not going to get anything done. he wants to wait another year and revisit this. he already proposed we wait another year. nothing will get done in the next congress if there is another cliff coming up a year from now. let it go over the cliff. if i were a representative for a senator, i would go home so they go into effect forever. we have some trouble with his innocence. let it go over and let all the serious players in congress get a deal done. when people start playing the best paying a lot more money and moving their defense -- start paying a lot more money and moving their defense contracts, people will pay attention. guest: this is the interesting thing to me about the american electorate. i cannot tell you how many people and listen to have the same viewpoint as this gentleman. they say a pox on both of their houses. they are acting like children. they should have coal in all of their stockings. then you look at the elections. we elected -- three elected 97% of these people
tonight. president obama tells republicans and democrats they have ten days to work out a fiscal cliff deal. and he says it's doable. tonight's market monitor guest is not scared off by cliff worries. he's buying stocks, saying the markets will do well in the new year. he's richard steinberg of steinberg global asset management. and warren buffett, the oracle of omaha has plenty to say on taxes and the fiscal cliff: we talk with his long-time friend and "fortune" magazine journalist carol loomis. that and more tonight on "n.b.r." some straight talk from president obama tonight about
: good evening, everyone. i'm susie gharib. tom is off tonight. president obama tells republicans and democrats they have ten days to work out a fiscal cliff deal. and he says it's doable. tonight's market monitor guest is not scared off by cliff worries. he's buying stocks, saying the markets will do well in the new year. he's richard steinberg of steinberg global asset management. and warren buffett, the oracle of omaha has plenty to say on taxes and the fiscal cliff: we talk with his long-time friend and "fortune" magazine journalist carol loomis. that and more tonight on "n.b.r." some straight talk from president obama tonight about
returning us to the division of power, obama in the white house, democrats in control of the senate, republicans of the house. but with appearances can be deceiving, if in this case -- and in this case are. the most important reality of the election is that the republican effort to oppose anything and everything proposed by obama almost like a parliamentary party was not rewarded. taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded, calling the obama health care plan -- which was their own only a few years earlier -- socialism, was not rewarded. that means they have to begin to rethink themselves and, importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition. so i think that was an important change that creates a new dynamic not that's going to solve our problems, there's going to be no sitting around the campfire in washington making nice to one another, but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a
branches of government, you know, we didn't elect president obama to be th dictator. we have another branch which, where the democrats lost and people who voted for republicans were very concerned about the size of government, paul. i mean, they've allowed this to be a debate about tax rates, but the real problem, i think, for most republicans and people who voted for them is that they see how the cost curve is just bending up at a rate that is just unsustainable. i mean, the country cannot survive the kinds of increases in entitlement payoffs that will occur if there's not reform. >> paul: there's at least in my reporting, the president has offered only one substantive entitlement reform and that's a change how we calculate inflation for benefits and tax brackets and that was agreed to last year. it's really minor in the scheme of things, nothing else sustainable. >> i think that the president is overplaying his hand, paul. he's going to need republican vote next year to raise the debt ceiling and needs the republicans votes for second term items, immigration reform and humiliating them no
and cut spending continued to separate democrats and republicans. president obama called on house speaker john boehner to come back to the negotiating table and avoid the "fiscal cliff." >> as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> the remarks came after speaker boehner failed to gather enough of his party's support to bring his so-called plan b to the floor for a vote. his proposal would have effectively raised taxes only on those americans making more than a million dollars a year. house and senate members will be back at the capital on december 27th looking for that solution. >>> wall street worried about the "fiscal cliff" talks, stocks closed sharply lower today. the dow dropped more than 120 points. the nasdaq fell 29 points. the s&p dropped, as well. >>> california cannot stop people from using the so-called conversion therapy to try to turn gay minors straight. the federal appeals court issued an emergency order late this afternoon putting the law banning the therapy on hold. the law was the first of its kind set to take effect january 1. li
as plan b. and with president obama and congress, on vacation, for christmas, longstanding issues remain this hour, unresolved and many asking the question, what does plan c look like? >> unfortunately, the president and senate democrats vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals. while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. >> president barack obama: averting the middle class tax hike is not a democratic or a republican responsibility, with their votes the american people determined governing is a shared responsibility. between both parties. >> gregg: national correspondent steve centanni is live in washington. anything happening at all, before christmas? >> reporter: no. not much, gregg. the house is shut down through christmas and even as we get closer and closer to the fiscal cliff. no deal was reached this week that would keep taxes from going up for everyone at the end of the year and john boehner accusing the president of ducking the central issue in the fiscal stand off. >> what the president offered so far, simply will not do anything to solve our spending probl
the struggles of regular americans. but candidate kerry did put president obama, then an unknown politician on the national stage at the democratic convention. >> john kerry believes that in a dangerous world, war must be an option sometimes, but it should never be the first option. >> following the loss, kerry immersed himself in foreign policy. >> we stand adjourned. >> now the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, he's been an unofficial envoy for president obama helping ease tension with president karzai in afghanistan and helping mend strained relations with pakistan after the killing of osama bin laden. >> we are strategic partners with a common enemy in terrorism and extremism. >> but kerry's not totally in sync with obama. he has supported limited military intervention in syria, something the president has resisted. over his 30-year career, kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders. >> there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> perhaps kerry's biggest challeng
for the past six years and was president president obama's emissary to pakistan, egypt and sudan. and in the senate which is a pretty close nit group. form senator obama says not block nomination. >> he has earned the trust of his senate colleagues, democrats and republicans. i think it's fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as john kerry. this makes him a perfect choice to guide american diplomacy in the years ahead. >> in fact, it's terry's open foreign relations committee that will conduct the confirmation hearings. harris? >> harris: i mentioned moments ago that ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from contention because of the controversy over benghazi. does this end the debate over that. >> republicans frankly say. no they still have questions about what senator clinton and the president knew about security at the consulate and about the attack and when did they know it. but they made clear in a news conference today that a a susan rice confirmation hearing would have been bitter because of
that democratic presidents should stop putting republicans in the secretary of defense job like bill clinton did with bill cohen and president obama already did once with bob gates. calling it the bizarre tradition of sorts where democratic presidents suddenly act like republicans are right, that only they, republicans, can run our national security affairs. so there is general criticism from the left that democrats should stop bolstering the myth that republicans are stronger on defense because they're republicans, and therefore, only republicans should run defense even when a democrat is president. but there is also this one very specific criticism of chuck hagel individually. it's not a general criticism. it's about his record. back when it was mr. hagel who had the power to confirm presidential nominees or deny them, back when he was a united states senator, mr. hagel stood in opposition to president clinton's nominee to be the ambassador to luxembourg, a man named james hormel. senator hagel explained at the time that he was oppose odd to the nomination because mr. hormel was guy. he said t
left in mr. obama's party. the president met with senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining to the fiscal cliff. president obama headed to vaue within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiatns with the president have, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbers, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line. he could not go any further. lou: and he didn't. the plan be option collapsin
, d.c. for the holiday. before he left for hawaii president obama issued a stern request to congressional leaders to approve legislation before the end of the year. >> once this legislation has agreed to i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. i will immediately sign that legislation into law before january 1st of next year. >> the president was referring to legislation that would prevent a middle class tax hike and would protect unemployment insurance. he spoke after talking by phone with house speaker john boehner and meeting with senate majority leader. >>> the dow industrials dropped 120 points. the nasdaq fell 29. we also saw a number of conflicting economic reports that experts say suggests the economy is not sure where it's going top our consumer editor tom vacar is in san francisco's financial district with some explanations. >> reporter: there are two winds. those that are blowing and the much more important economic cross winds. for the overall economy most critical shopping days are ahead of us. >> i'm very c
. >>> president obama nominating john kerry to be the next secretary of state. saying the massachusetts democrat won't need a lot of on-the-job training. he is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and also ran for president in 2004. if confirmed the senator will succeed hillary clinton who is set step down next month. she missed today's announcement as she recovers from a concussion. i'm marianne rafferty. now, back to "the fox files." >>> we are here in grand central terminal in new york city. every day, 700,000 people pass through here which means that superdogs like holland have a very important job to do especially in a post 9/11 world. here is what it takes to become a four legged hero he. ♪ ♪ >> before they could do this, they all start out like this. fox files cameras got a first-hand look at the department of defense military working dog program at lackland air force base where puppies learn to become warriors. spread across nearly 9,000-acres in san antonio, texas, the base is home to the 341st training squadron. >> the purpose is to procure, train and produce handlers
and they know obama won the election and what they don't want is to have their fingerprints on it and if speaker boehner put on the floor something that would pass almost exclusively with democratic votes. >> right. >> i do not think there would be a revolt again. st speaker boehner because his members know he can't stop it and they'd be in a position where they can vote no and maintain their purity. i actually think the speaker is trying to be a constructive partner and he's just got a significant element in his caucus that will not vote for any new revenue. >> some might argue he's seen the revolt from the tea party section and constituency of the caucus right now. >> congressman, peter welch, thank you for stopping by. >> tomorrow we'll get another perspective from marcia blac blackburn, stick around for that. >> the only way to keep a monster from killing our kids is to invest in a plan of absolute protection. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >>> all right. we heard that a little bit earlier. three more first graders will be laid to rest today in conne
, and everyone else will be paying much higher taxes. president obama is challenging congress to get it done. >> in ten days we face a deadline. in ten days under current law, tax rates are scheduled to rise on most americans. and even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us agrees that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans, which includes 97% of small businesses. >> let's check in now with cnn's emily schmitt in washington. the president made this surprise late appearance yesterday. he urged republicans to approve, i guess what you might consider a stripped down deal. this all happened around dinner time. so a lot of folks might not have seen it. give us the details. what is he proposing? >> well, i have to tell you, a few minutes ago, president obama landed in hawaii, 72 degrees there was the temperature on the ground. certainly warmer than it is in washington, certainly warmer than the political climate that president obama left behind here here in washington. i
still think we can get it done. >> president obama is doing everything he can to avert a fiscal cliff disaster for the middle class. the republican implosion gives democrats even more leverage in the fiscal cliff negotiations. i'll ask dnc chairwoman debbie wasserman schultz, will this latest move by the president be enough? >>> revolting, tone-deaf, disastrous. the nra blames everything but guns for gun violence in america including 20-year-old video games, and they reverse an opportunity to heal the country for a commercial for more guns. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> congressman jim moran and reverend jesse jackson react to today's circus. >> this is the beginning of a serious conversation. we won't be taking questions. >>> reporting for duty. >> and john kerry biographer douglas brinkley on the senator's big nomination. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. it's home for the holidays with no deal. house speaker john boehner only has himself to blame. boehner's plan b gimmick failed big time last night at t
million tax hold threshold. so that is actually true and president obama agreed to the same thing. >> the cuts boehner put in were not approved by democrats, the tax hikes were. >> nancy pelosi, she likes wealth. >>> anyway, it's just about time to reveal now the name of human events magazine conservative of the year. the exclusive announcement is going to come. right here and next up on the "kudlow report." >>> conservatives may be under attack in washington, but many of them are winning huge battles in the individual states. one of them who did that this year is the human events conservative of the year. human events, great conservative magazine. we have the human events senior white house correspondent. hello, john. i wrote up paul ryan last year. i got paul ryan's last year. who's your man this year? >> well, he's someone who has stood firm for conservative principle, has been vilified for it, and he emerged triumphantly and in the process never had a harsh word about any of his enemies while the whole world was watching. i refer to wisconsin's governor scott walker, the fight
on board air force one, right? >> that's right, clayton. president obama popped in to the james brady briefing room at the white house yesterday at about 5:30 and basically said that since the american people in november voted for democratic control of the white house and the senate and republican control of the house. lawmakers need to compromise but he also made clear as of right now when it comes to the fiscal cliff and avoiding it, there is no deal. >> so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. everybody can cool off. everybody can drink some eggnog, have some christmas cookies, sing some christmas carols. enjoy company of loved ones. and then i would ask every member of congress while they're back home to think about that. think about the obligations we have to the people who sent us here. think about the hardship that some americans will endure if congress does nothing at all. >> it was just a few minutes after the president left the podium that the white house announced he, along with the first lady a
. and a lot of democrats, including the democratic majority leader in the senator, harry reid will support frank laudenburg. >> thank you for sticking around. >> thanks, richard. >> you bet. president obama is in hawaii, members of congress are moment for the holidays. any chance they get a fiscal cliff deal done before the end of the year and then, one congressman who said this week, he is willing to lose his seat to support stricter gun control, he is going to join us after the break. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have
to be done long distance for the next few days. we know that speaker boehner and president obama spoke in washington yesterday before they left. but when you hear their final words to reporters, it shows there is a continued public divide. >> the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. but the president has -- what the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problem and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> reporter: you hear we are talking about the words "achievable goals." the reality here is we have fewer days to work with, less talk about some sort of a grand compromise, and more talk about trying to do something
again on the debt ceiling in january or february. >> president obama argued tonight that both parties can agree taxes for the middle class cannot go up. let's watch what he said. >> in ten days, we face a deadline. even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates can go up for wealthest individuals, all of us agree that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans, which includes 97% of small businesses. every member of congress believes that, every democrat, every republican. so there is absolutely no reason, none, not to protect these americans from a tax hike. >> david corn, why won't republicans take that deal? >> well, because i think they're scared of being accused of voting for a tax hike on the rich if they do this deal before the tax cuts expire. i mean, i think, you know, jared and i and others have said for weeks now, it would be a lot easier for republicans after the expiration of these tax cuts to come and vote for the 98% below and say hey, we took the best tax cut deal we can. that's where we are now. that's why people are talking
think decisively. president obama has won all but one of the soda ash called swing states. he won a landslide victory in the electoral college, and he won the popular vote by more than 4.5 million votes. democrats in the senate added to their numbers, and won a popular vote margin of 56-44. and here in the people's house, more than 1.5 million more americans voted for democrats then voted for republicans. the american people have spoken loud and clear, yet the republican leadership continues to exercise extreme partisanship, in defiance of the will of the people. i am hopeful that the spirit of the season will take hold over the next several days, and we can come back here after christmas with less partisan extremism, and work together to achieve honorable compromises that will arrest the widening wealth step and create more fear of violence approaches to -- fair and balanced approach is to address in our nation's most urgent charges. i will yield to joe crowley of new york. >> in politics, it is not a zero sum game. the least, that is my belief. it ought not be. we need to work t
. >> and that is the focus of many people, as we head towards the new years day deadline to resolve that debate but mr. obama is not the only one leaving town before there is an agreement that would head off tax hikes and drastic budget cuts. republicans and democrats, senators and representatives, all headed home for the holidays. house speaker john boehner used the g.o.p. weekly address to say republicans will maintain their focus on reaching a budget deal. >> i've challenged the members of our party to grapple with these issues. to make tough choices. and we're willing to. because washington is -- has a serious spending problem. this was the year, the size of our debt, all $16 trillion of it, surpassed the size of our entire economy. it is a grim milestone. >> this week, both sides continue to blame the other for not compromising. >>> it looks more likely than ever that eastern and gulf ports are going to be shut down by a longshoremen strike. nearly 15,000 dock workers at ports from boston to houston are ready to walk off the job as early as next weekend. their union says negotiations are still possible.
is a little more of what house speaker john boehner and president obama had to say on friday. take a listen. >> we have a number of our members who didn't want to be perceived as having raised taxes. >> i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. and i had immediately sign that legislation into law, before january 1st of next year. >> >>. >> reporter: now, lawmakers are expected to return to washington after the christmas holiday. president obama still has hope that a deal can get done by january 1st deadline. alex, the clock is ticking and a lot of pressure to get something done. many economists said we do go over the fiscal cliff, the country could slide back into recession. >> kristen welker in hawaii, thank you for that. >>> joining me for more on the fiscal cliff negotiations is john yarmouth. welcome, thank you. glad to have you back on the show. >> thank you. >> president obama still thinks a deal can be reached, but speaker boehner had a pretty tough defeat when republicans balked at the plan to raise rates of those making over $1 mil
talk about the fiscal cleft negotiations followed by president obama's nomination of john kerry for secretary of state and senate republicans on the recent state department report. and later, the national rifle association's first briefing since the elementary school shooting and reaction from senate democrats. >> i think there is no idea and it was a confession of politics that created -- the spectrum was from the far left to the far right. there was no agenda. that we are somehow the midwife to public policy was absurd. if our content was affecting the behavior of interrogators in the field, there was a systemic problem. i suggested we try to intervene on behalf of those people. the fact that this is a television show. the fact that 24 became this political football was a very valuable thing. >> how movies and television create policy making. and singer-songwriter james taylor. >> president obama about he would sign a bill before january to extend tax cuts for most americans. his remarks came as congress leaves washington without a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president
on the compromise so there's pushback on both sides from democrats who control the senate and from the president and from some fellow residentiapublicans we taken a step back? i want to ask both of you, angela first. >> here is the rub, president obama knows nothing about being a great legislator and the tea party doesn't either. it's great to run on principle and sign a pledge you won't raise taxes, but in d.c., jamie, you have to compromise. ronald reagan figured that out, bill clinton figured that out, lbj was with the civil rights legislation figured that out. both sides need to come together again, it's on president obama, harry reid and the tea party. >> jamie: let's get michael in here. michael, at this point what can the president do? he's on vacation and the american people are wondering, they're selling off houses, selling off stock. they don't know what next year looks like. >> in the interest of communication, not where the president is at christmas, but speaker boehner basically asked harry reid to figure out how to get a package that he can get 100 republican votes in the house of
inside the republican party. you have the president at the table. you have the senate both democrats and republicans at the table. the problem, the fisher lisure s in the house. ohio carried for president obama and yet within ohio, you have the speaker being opposed by very extremist members of his own party who head this tea party working group in the house and it is that fissure line that is creating the division in the country. the country is not that extreme. frankly, ohio isn't that extreme. we can reach unified decision here, but it requires everyone being at the table. but the attention ought to be focused at the divisions inside the republican party in the house. it is they who cannot bring a majority of votes in the house and they have the majority. >> all right, well, i certainly agree with you on ohio. i was in columbus stark county ohio this year. love it all. thank you very much, congresswoman. >> marry christmas to all. >> in america owning a gun seems part and parcel of being an american but overseas they don't understand how you can walk into a store or a gun show and
of work, it seems, still to be done. we've heard from president obama and house speaker john boehner over the past few hours. and it sounds publicly as if they are still quite far apart. take a listen. >> every member of congress believes that. every democrat, every republican. so there is absolutely no reason, none, not to protect these americans from a tax hike. and at the very least let's agree right now on what we already agree on. let's get that done. >> the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problem. and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. instead he wants more tax hikes and spending that will hurt our economy. >> a couple of three senate options could happen. one of them, go over the cliff and watch what happens. another push for a fall back measure and the third push for a broad deal. that is a wide range of things on the table, randi, particularly when you think of the date today and we have so few days left before this deadline that was imposed that was supposed to be a doomsday scenario. >> the higher taxes and paychecks, how c
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